East Valley charity helps hungry kids

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- One in four Arizona kids struggles with hunger. That's higher than the national average of one in five kids. As this problem becomes more evident in schools, educators are learning that full stomachs often lead to more focused students.

At Porter Elementary School in Mesa, Fridays are a big deal. That's the day Lori Scott, the school's family support specialist, passes out food bags from AZBrainfood. Lovingly packed and delivered to the school by volunteers, this might be the only food some kids eat all weekend. Scott packs the food bags discreetly into the backpacks of children in need every Friday.

Mom Shannon Armenta is grateful for the time AZBrainfood stepped in to help her family.  She says her family struggled after they passed the cutoff for the food stamp program in Arizona.  The charity helped ease her burden by feeding her son on weekends with the food bags.

Now that her family is back on their feet financially, Armenta works at the school and donates part of her paycheck back to the charity. She hopes others will see the big smiles that come from full tummies and help out too.

3TV is teaming up with Bashas', Food City, Safeway and Albertsons grocery stores during the month of September to fight childhood hunger. Shoppers are encouraged to make a donation this month to support charities like AZBrainfood. 

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